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Obama Says: We Don’t Get Enough Credit

From an irony proof CBS News:

Obama: We Don’t Get Enough Credit for Success

DETROIT, Aug. 1, 2010

(CBS)  A year and a half into his presidency, Barack Obama is facing some tough challenges now at home and abroad. He talked about them the other day in an interview with Harry Smith of "The Early Show" …

"Do you feel sometimes like your administration is not given the credit it deserves?" asked Smith.

"Yes," Mr. Obama laughed. "But here’s the reason: We’ve gone through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. No other depression comes close.

Note to Mr. Obama: If you want credit for success, you first have to have some success.

By the way, notice that just as we predicted, Mr. Obama is now starting to call this economic downturn a “depression” rather than a recession.

And, of course, this latest claim is not at all true. The recession that Mr. Reagan inherited was far worse by every economic metric. And yet Mr. Reagan turned it around quite quickly. Why can’t Mr. Obama do the same?

When people have gone through that much trauma, people have every right to be scared, to be angry, to be frustrated. And I don’t expect the American people to be satisfied when we’re only half of the way back."

If this is “half way back,” God help us all.

With approval ratings in the forties, an economy that is displaying a failure to thrive, and unemployment numbers that hardly budge, the president is back on the road – and back on the air, with humor, resuming his role as Explainer-in-Chief.

“Back on the road – and back the air”? When has Mr. Obama ever stop campaigning or stayed off TV – even for a day? (Apart from his time golfing and vacationing.)

"Here’s what happened: First of all, the recession was much worse than I think anybody anticipated," the president told Smith.

How hilarious. Every Democrat in modern times has run against an incumbent Republican in the White House by saying that ‘the economy is worse than at any time since the Great Depression.’ And certainly that was a theme of the Obama campaign.

So how can Mr. Obama now claim that it was worse than they or anybody anticipated?

"This has been an extraordinary downturn. So that means that if you’re in a deeper hole, it’s gonna take longer to come back.”

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama helped the Congress dig this hole. Mr. Obama voted the party line on every spending increase since he was elected Senator in 2004. We should also recall that the Democrats have controlled the economy via the Congressional purse strings since 2007. 

"And if we can now say to ourselves, ‘Despite the traumas of the last two years, things are actually poised to rebound strong and we can get confidence back,’ I’m confident actually that we’re gonna grow faster."

But U.S. corporations are sitting on piles of cash – nearly two trillion dollars worth; waiting for that Goldilocks moment when it’s "just right" to invest again.

Gosh, those corporations are evil.

"But the noise out there in the world is the reason all these corporations are sitting on this almost $2 trillion of cash, [and] they say, ‘Well, it’s Obama’s fault,’" said Smith.

"Right," said Mr. Obama.

"He’s a regulator, he likes big government, we don’t know what he’s gonna do with taxes.’ It’s all you: You’re the thing that’s stopping the economic engine from really turning over."

"Well, you know, one of the things when you’re President is, folks are gonna, you know, direct attention – when things aren’t going right for them – at you."

Is there no limit to this man’s chutzpah? Isn’t this the same man who has blamed President Bush for everything under the sun every day for the last three years?

If Mr. Obama can’t stand the heat, he should get off the golf course.

"You have Congressional elections coming up in just a couple of months, and whether you like it or not, this really ends up being a referendum on you," said Smith. "If you had to give yourself an assessment for these first 18 months, how would you grade yourself?"

"Well, I think it’s incomplete," President Obama said, "Until the economy has rebounded fully. But when I look back on what we’ve accomplished in the last 18 months, preventing the country sinking into a Great Depression, two economists, including John McCain’s economist from the campaign, estimated that if we hadn’t made the decisions we’ve made, you would have had an additional eight million people unemployed, and we would be in a Great Depression.

"So saving the economy, stabilizing the financial market, saving the U.S. auto industry, oh, and by the way, passing health care, I’d say that’s a pretty good track record.

"But until the unemployment rate is down and the economy is where it needs to be, I’m not gonna be satisfied." …

Isn’t that odd? If Mr. Obama really believes that he saved the country from a Great Depression, shouldn’t that warrant a better grade than an ‘incomplete’?

Meanwhile, way back in December, Mr. Obama happily gave himself a B+, and he added that if he passed ‘healthcare reform’ he would deserve an A-:

Pressed by Oprah as to why only a B-plus, the president said, "B-plus because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed. If I get health care passed we tip into A-minus."

What happened? Why is he now giving himself an incomplete? His work is less complete now?

In any case, we think Mr. Obama is being far too modest in giving himself an ‘incomplete.’ Who can doubt that he has completely ruined the economy?

And wasn’t that his real goal?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama Says: We Don’t Get Enough Credit”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    “”Yes,” Mr. Obama laughed. “But here’s the reason: We’ve gone through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. No other depression comes close.”

    And this guy is supposedly educated? 1920 comes to mind. Oh, wait! He studied history written by the communist professor, Zinn.

    We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. When the dollar collapses and hyperinflation sets in Barry’s name will go down as causing the worst economic downturn in history. Providing Zinn doesn’t write the book. Now there’s some braggin’ rights for ya. (extreme sarc)

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “You caused it Bozo so take the credit where the credit is due!!”
    God save us from this megalomaniac.

  3. confucius says:

    cry baby

  4. Tater Salad says:

    President Obama…….will you then take credit for this:

    Obama Calls on Former SEIU Boss to Organize Qaeda
    by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace · Comments (0) · ShareThis· Print This Story
    (2010-08-02) — Andy Stern, the former chief of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is said to be “giving serious consideration” to an offer from President Barack Obama to appoint him “special ambassador to al Qaeda” with a mission to foster establishment of collective bargaining units among decentralized clusters of contract workers.

    The organization’s associates, scattered around the global, reportedly work for low pay, in a hostile environment under the constant threat of sudden termination.

    One White House source said the president is “moved with compassion for the plight of front-line Qaeda staff, who labor in abysmal conditions until their often-untimely demise — typically from exposure to hazardous materials at work.”

    “They’re treated like parts in a massive machine,” said the unnamed Obama adviser. “They’re disposable.”

    Republicans in Congress ordinarily resist government efforts to increase unionization. However, sources close to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-OH, indicate the GOP may actually support this presidential initiative.

    “If you consider what unionization has done to American industry, and is doing to our own city, state and federal governments,” said an unnamed Boehner aide, “we can only hope that collective bargaining will have the same effect on the jihadis.”

    This President is one pure moron. Pathetic! He has got to be kidding???

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Collective bargaining with Islam-O-homos?
      Unionizing terrorist because of a terrible working environment and living conditions?

      This………..is beyond reproach and treasonous.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Uhh, at the time it was happening economists were saying we were facing a crisis MAYBE as bad as the Dot Com bubble. In fact, one of our first criticisms of Obama that actually stuck in public following the immaculation was that he was fatalistically talking down the economy and talking up the crisis to pass the useless Stimulus, and Auto take over. That criticism was in itself just an evolution of our original healthy skeptcism over the necessity of TARP and Housing Bailout, which lo and behold did become the anchoring precedent Obama would point to over and over again in defense of his bailouts as well as how it was “Bush’s recession” or now depression I guess.

    So here’s a clue as to why we’re not on our hands and knees thanking Mecca for Barack Hussein Obama. One very simple reason: You #@$&ing LIE.

    “To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last — but eat you he will.” – Ronald Reagan

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “With approval ratings in the forties…”

    Um, ‘scuse me…but….they’re in the 20’s. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17

    Guess CBS doesn’t read the news.

  7. AmericanIPA says:

    I give you and your congressional foot soldiers all the credit in the world for turning the greatest nation on Earth into a central American toilet.

  8. proreason says:

    Will Washington’s Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?
    Posted 07/30/2010 06:30 PM ET

    “The Internet is a large-scale version of the “Committees of Correspondence” that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington’s failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

    People are asking, “Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?”

    Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.

    Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion to make too many open-ended rules controlling too many aspects of our lives. There’s no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do…..

    Barack Obama, however, has pulled off the ultimate switcheroo: He’s diminishing America from within — so far, successfully.

    He may soon bankrupt us and replace our big merit-based capitalist economy with a small government-directed one of his own design.

    He is undermining our constitutional traditions: The rule of law and our Anglo-Saxon concepts of private property hang in the balance. Obama may be the most “consequential” president ever.”’

    His bullying and offenses against the economy and job creation are so outrageous that CEOs in the Business Roundtable finally mustered the courage to call him “anti-business.” Veteran Democrat Sen. Max Baucus blurted out that Obama is engineering the biggest government-forced “redistribution of income” in history.

    Fear and uncertainty stalk the land. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says America’s financial future is “unusually uncertain.”

    A Wall Street “fear gauge” based on predicted market volatility is flashing long-term panic. New data on the federal budget confirm that record-setting deficits in the $1.4 trillion range are now endemic….

    Opinion polls suggest that in the November mid-term elections, voters will replace the present Democratic majority in Congress with opposition Republicans — but that will not necessarily stop Obama.

    A President Obama intent on achieving his transformative goals despite the disagreement of the American people has powerful weapons within reach. In one hand, he will have a veto pen to stop a new Republican Congress from repealing ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank takeover of banks.

    In the other, he will have a fistful of executive orders, regulations and Obama-made fiats that have the force of law.

    Under ObamaCare, he can issue new rules and regulations so insidiously powerful in their effect that higher-priced, lower-quality and rationed health care will quickly become ingrained, leaving a permanent stain.

    Under Dodd-Frank, he and his agents will control all credit and financial transactions, rewarding friends and punishing opponents, discriminating on the basis of race, gender and political affiliation. Credit and liquidity may be choked by bureaucracy and politics — and the economy will suffer.

    He and the EPA may try to impose by “regulatory” fiats many parts of the cap-and-trade and other climate legislation that failed in the Congress.

    And by executive orders and the in terrorem effect of an industrywide “boot on the neck” policy, he can continue to diminish energy production in the United States….

    A wounded rampaging president can do much damage — and, like Caesar, the evil he does will live long after he leaves office, whenever that may be.

    The overgrown, un-pruned power of the presidency to reward, punish and intimidate may now be so overwhelming that his re-election in 2012 is already assured — Chicago-style.”

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/542171/201007301830/Will-Washingtons-Failures-Lead-To-Second-American-Revolution-.aspx as featured today on Rush.

    In case you are wondering, no, I didn’t ghost write the article.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Saw that on Drudge over the weekend and nearly lost my jaw. It rehashes what DoctorZero’s been saying with the sense of imperativeness that I think really reflects how American’s are actually feeling. Hallelujah and it’s about time the truth got some outside support.

      I like how Rush termed it though. Hopefully this will be a restoration.

      I say don’t hold back. DoJ, DoL, DoT, EPA, HSA, DoE.. gut it all. Let the hammer of reform be mighty and inescapable.

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